The Pac-10 is in a whole lot of bubble trouble now. Three teams sit on the bubble, and what was once considered by many the strongest conference in the nation could quite possibly only get 4 teams into the NCAA Tournament. The amount of at-large bids is slowly decreasing as conference powerhouses are falling in their respective conference tournaments. As many as 9 teams could be playing postseason basketball.
1 (1). UCLA (16-2, 27-3). UCLA was the beneficiary of some bad calls over the weekend. The block by Stanford's Lawrence Hill was not a foul, and Cal's Ryan Anderson was fouled. To make things worse, Cal should have gotten the ball despite no foul being called. UCLA pretty much locked up a #1 seed barring a huge collapse in the Pac-10 Tournament. They face the winner of Cal and Washington in the quarterfinals.
2 (3). Washington State (11-7, 23-7). The Cougars have now won 7 straight over their in-state rival Washington Huskies, who were once dominant in the Pac-10 earlier this decade. They have the third seed in the Pac-10 tournament where they play a red-hot Oregon team. The Cougars have not looked so good lately as they are 7-6 in their last 13 games after starting out 16-1.
3 (4). USC (11-7, 20-10). Kudos to USC for sweeping the Bay Area schools. Beating Cal and Stanford in the span of 3 days is not easy, and that's exactly what the Trojans did. They have the 4th seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, which means they play 5th seeded Arizona State. USC is now a lock to make the NCAAs, and should be nationally ranked later this afternoon.
4 (2). Stanford (13-5, 24-6). This is not the time for the Cardinal to start losing. Their NCAA hopes are not in jeopardy, but their seeding is. At the beginning of the week, there were talks of Stanford possibly being a #1 seed if they ran the table. After two straight losses, the Cardinal find themselves staring at a 3 seed, with a 4 seed a possibility with an early exit in the Pac-10 tournament. Stanford cannot use the bad call as an excuse because they still had to play overtime. They play the winner of the Arizona/Oregon State game in the quarterfinals.
5 (7). Oregon (9-9, 18-12). Oregon has played themselves back into the NCAA Tournament discussion by closing out the season with 3 straight wins. If they can keep their hot shooting from the perimeter up throughout the Pac-10 Tournament, don't be surprised if the Ducks make a run. A win in the Pac-10 Tournament over Washington State might be enough, but the Ducks will have to get 2 wins to be safe. A loss to the Cougars means that Oregon's NCAA Tournament hopes could be in jeopardy.
6 (6). Arizona State (9-9, 19-11). Arizona State lost to Oregon on Thursday, but got a much needed win on Saturday against lowly Oregon State. The Sun Devils have the 5 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, which could be a bad thing. Arizona State has been inconsistent all season, and it might have been better for them if they did not have a first-round bye. A win over USC will almost certainly get them into the field of 65, but a loss to the Trojans will give ASU and their fans a long and painful wait until Selection Sunday.
7 (5). Arizona (8-10, 17-13). Arizona did win one game last week, but it was against Oregon State. The game against Oregon was pretty much a must-win for the Wildcats, but they could not come through. Luckily for Arizona, they get Oregon State again in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. A win there might not be enough, so a win over Stanford in the quarterfinals will definitely get them in. One positive note for Arizona is that Nic Wise is back and playing well.
8 (8). Washington (7-11, 16-15) Too bad for Washington. They played very well in the game at Washington State on Saturday, but star center Jon Brockman left in overtime with an injury. Washington could have won that game, but their season has been filled with a lot of missed opportunities. The only way the Huskies make the NCAA Tournament is by winning the conference tournament, which is highly unlikely. The Huskies are playing for a trip to the NIT or CBI now, and that starts against 9th seeded Cal.
9 (9). Cal (6-12, 15-14). Cal got robbed of a foul call late against UCLA on Saturday. Even if the Bears won that game, they would still have to win the Pac-10 Tournament in order to make the NCAAs. What a disappointing season for the Bears after a very promising 10-2 start that included a win over USC. Cal plays Washington in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.
10 (10). Oregon State (0-18, 6-23).Do we need to say anything else about Oregon State? They made NCAA history on Saturday by becoming the first Pac-10 team ever to go winless in conference play. They ended the regular season on a 20 game losing streak- the only other team that can say that is New Jersey Tech. They have a chance to play spoiler and end Arizona's 24 year run of making the NCAA Tournament, but that is very unlikely.